Levi Carter Park tree debris dumpsite remains open after brush fire

Published: Jul. 23, 2021 at 2:53 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The Omaha Fire Department got an early morning wake-up call. Crews were called to Levi Carter Park around 3 a.m.

The city has been using a spot in the park as a dumpsite for all of the tree limbs and debris from the wind storm that blew through earlier this month.

Fire crews were able to get that fire out before more of the giant pile caught fire. Some of the debris was still smoldering this morning but the site is still open.

For Jerry Miles, this is the fourth load he’s dropped of at the site. He couldn’t believe the damage caused by the fire.

“I was kind of surprised at how much devastation it did, must have been a real good fire going,” said Jerry.

The fire department is also concerned about the piles of debris lining curbside around the city.

“Just know that it’s going to get hot, it’s going to get dry out lately so those will dry up. So just be cognizant of that. Keep combustibles, keep cars away, know that’s out there. Keep an eye on it if you see any smoke or fire from that. Make sure to call 911 right away so we can put em out,” said Omaha Fire Chief Scott Fitzpatrick.

Omaha Mayor Jean Stothert has extended the time city crews will pick up debris. Curbside tree debris collection will continue for one additional week in Omaha, ending Friday, July 30th.

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